Oil company BP says there is no oil leaking from a ruptured oil well in the Gulf of Mexico for the first time since an explosion in April on a rig leased by the company.
BP officials told reporters Thursday a new cap had completely shut the flow while the company conducts critical pressure testing of the well.
The oil leak began after the April 20 explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, which killed 11 crewmen. The disaster has fouled vast expanses of the U.S. Gulf coast, killed birds and sea life and devastated the region’s fishing and tourism.
Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.